Love Quotes from Classic Literature

Consider this a mood post. It is mostly inspired by my noticing that the framed quote on the wall over our king-sized bed was hanging crookedly:

As I reached up to straighten the frame, it occurred to me that this quote, a statement and theme of a life together, came from a children’s book by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh. I began to do a running list in my head of the literature quotes that I find not only romantic, but a reflection of love as it ripens over time. I will now share them with you.

One of my very favorites is by my favorite Jane Austen hero, Mr. Knightley from Austen’s 1815 novel, Emma :

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

From Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights:

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

Another from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh:

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.

When I first read A Farewell to Arms in my late teens (or maybe early twenty-somethings), I really loved it. In retrospect, I have reassessed Hemingway’s characters within it as profoundly dysfunctional. Nevertheless, there are some great lines in the novel. For example, this one:

Why darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.

Oscar Wilde was a fairly dysfunctional fellow, but he put his finger on the pulse of something profoundly insightful with this line from A Woman of No Importance:

Who, being loved, is poor?

I’ll round this one out with a very beautiful exposition from Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady. It dovetails nicely with the Oscar Wilde quote:

It has made me better, loving you…it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied.I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid, sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.

I hope you enjoyed my supremely saccharine levels of romantic rambling.

Happy Monday, all!

2 thoughts on “Love Quotes from Classic Literature

  1. Crystal Keller says:

    These are full of emotion and reflection and value and absolutely based on something deeper than the hookup sex described in detail in modern books. I’m tired but these made me smile. And I especially smiled at your AA Milne quote framed as a bday gift for your husband. I love your love for him.

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